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Weaker Motorcycle Helmet Laws Worsen Crashes

Weaker Motorcycle Helmet Laws Worsen Crashes

Weaker Motorcycle Helmet Laws Worsen Crashes

http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/motorcycle-injuries-worsen-with-weaker-helmet-laws/article_e44700c0-5f78-5d5f-b824-f3fc26d8d1b4.html

Michigan stopped requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, and medical claims from motorcycle accidents rose by 20%. The state of Michigan previously required all riders to wear helmets, but legislators changed the law. Only riders under 21 must wear a helmet under the current legislation. Other states have taken a similar approach to motorcycle helmets. In Illinois, no one is required to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, and this month five motorcycle deaths were reported in Jersey County, Illinois in one weekend. A study by the Highway Loss Data Institute found insurance payouts for motorcycle wrecks increased by $2,000 after the state of Michigan changed its helmet law.

Advocates for loosening motorcycle helmet laws have stated that these laws do not make it illegal to ride with a helmet, and therefore, each rider has a choice whether to wear a helmet or not. Bikers opposed to helmet laws state those motorcyclists without motorcycle endorsements makeup the bulk of the injuries on motorcycles. Nationally motorcycle deaths have increase nearly every year for the past 15 years.

The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC are experienced with motor vehicle accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been in a motor vehicle accident. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to car accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 80 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential motor vehicle case.

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